TikTok Bans Misgendering, Deadnaming of Trans People

Social media giant Tiktok explicitly banned certain anti-LGBTQ content and speech, including misgendering and deadnaming of trans people, in its updated community guidelines on Feb. 8.

Tiktok announced that will be “adding clarity on the types of hateful ideologies” in its platform over the next few weeks, including “deadnaming, misgendering, or misogyny, as well as content that supports or promotes conversion therapy programs.”

Deadnaming is using a transgender person’s pre-transition name while misgendering is using incorrect pronouns.

Conversion therapy is a widely discredited practice that aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, gender identity to cisgender, and gender expressions to match the sex they were assigned at birth.

“Though these ideologies have long been prohibited on TikTok, we’ve heard from creators and civil society organizations that it’s important to be explicit in our Community Guidelines,” Tiktok Head of Trust and Safety Cormac Keenan said.

The changes came after recommendations from LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD and national gender justice advocacy group UltraViolet.

GLAAD President and Chief Executive officer Sarah Kate Ellis applauded the changes, saying in a statement that they “raise the standard for LGBTQ safety online and sends a message that other platforms which claim to prioritize LGBTQ safety should follow suit with substantive actions like these.”

UltraViolet Communications Director Bridget Todd said Tiktok “has become a little safer for women, LGBQ and trans people today.”

“Even so, it’s clear social media platforms have a long way to go across the board,” Todd added.

Under the updated policy, Tiktok will also remove content that promotes disordered eating and will prohibit the use of the platform to commit crimes.

TikTok has over one billion monthly users.


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